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How to Download Torrents on iPad Without Jailbreak

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Want to download torrents on iPad at full speed, but afraid of jailbreaking your iOS device? Wondering if you can download torrents on your iPhone without jailbreak? Well, that should not be a problem if you follow the method featured in this article.

Introduction

Previously, I had written a post featuring the best torrent downloader app for an iPhone. In that I had mentioned a much easier way to download torrents on your iPhone, iPad or even on an iPod touch. But there’s a catch in that.

These torrent downloading apps can be installed only on a jailbroken iOS device from third party app stores like Cydia. This can be a problem to some iOS users for whom jailbreaking may be a strict no-no. However, the good news is that, there is a work around to this problem.

In this article I am sharing a new idea that would help you download torrents on your iOS device without the need of a jailbreak.

What are torrents?

Torrenting is a file sharing protocol on the internet that is fundamentally different from all other ways of downloading a file. In the traditional way of downloading a file, a file can only be downloaded from a single source on the internet. However, in torrents’ case, a file can be downloaded, bit by bit, from the source of upload as well as from fellow downloaders. Hence, by using up multiple sources of downloading simultaneously, torrents can potentially increase the speed of download of a file when compared to direct downloads.

While downloading a torrent file there are three types of sharing sources that you will come across.

  1. Users who have completed their download and are sharing/seeding it for others to download are called seeders. The more seeders a file has, the faster the download is bound to complete.
  2. Users who only have a portion of the file, but are uploading it and downloading the rest at the same time are called peers. Peers are very useful in increasing the overall speed of downloading a torrent file.
  3. Users who have just started downloading the torrent and have no portion of it to share with the others are called leechers.

The torrent files themselves are just trackers that keep track of the different download locations in real time. They manage the seeding and leeching of a file to different computers.

Why Torrent?

The internet has developed rapidly in the past two decades, but not everyone can afford a high-speed internet connection yet. As a result, slower internet speeds may make it cumbersome for such users to download heavy sized files.

In that context torrents have emerged as the easiest means to share large-sized files among multiple internet users. Additionally, the speed of downloading torrents may not be limited to your ISP speed. Using proper porting techniques anyone may get download speeds that are much faster than what they are otherwise used to.

Download Torrent on iPad

No Torrent Clients in App Store

Android users have access to loads of torrent clients such as bittorrent and utorrent on Google’s Play Store. These apps can download torrents without jailbreak or root on android devices. At the same time, iOS users struggle to find even a single such app in Apple‘s App Store.

The reason?

Well, over the years Apple has been keen on implementing copy right infringement laws a tad more seriously than many of its rivals in the tech industry. The curators of Apple’s App Store try very hard not to allow torrenting apps to enter the iOS platform. And they do succeed in their efforts for the most part.

That’s where iOS jailbreaking comes into the picture. Jailbreaking unlocks a number of commonly used features that iOS users are otherwise deprived of. One such feature would be the ability to download third party apps like utorrent.

But, if you are one of those users who are skeptical of jailbreaking your device then the following guide is for you. Use it to simply download torrents on iPad without jailbreak.

How to Download Torrents on iPad (iOS)

In this guide we are going to use a download manager such as ‘iDownloader’ or ‘UC Browser’. We shall use this manager to download torrents so that no jailbreak is required as promised earlier. We will also use two other websites in the process to download torrents at high speeds.

Requirements before downloading torrents on iPad

1. Install a download manager like iDownloader or UC browser that can be quickly downloaded from Apple’s App Store within a minute or two.

2. Secondly, you will need a torrent website for browsing and saving the torrents you would like to download. For this you will have to look for a torrent website that is online or active. A simple Google search for active torrent sites should suffice.

Steps to download torrents on iPad

Step 1 : Open iDownloader or UC browser on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and open the internet browser given in that app. Browsers of different download managers work differently.

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Long Tap : Get This Torrent

Step 2 : Go to any working torrent site. Here, we have used “Piratebay” as an example. You can use any working torrent site of your choice. In that torrent site, search for the legal torrent you want to download.

Step 3 :  Long tap the Download link of that particular torrent.

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Select Copy

Step 4 : You will get a pop-up with 3 options – ‘Open’, ‘Copy’, ‘Cancel’. Select ‘Copy‘ by tapping on it.

Step 5 : Now, open a new tab on your browser and go to www.zbigz.com.

zbigz torrent download ipad
Paste the Copied Url here, then TAP GO.

Step 6 : On the Zbigz website you’ll see a URL field. Paste the Torrent link (which you had copied in step 4) in there and tap on the GO button.

Step 7 : Wait for a moment. Zbigz will now create the download link.

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Tap Song Link to download

Step 8 : After you get the link, just tap on the download button in the shape of a “down-arrow” which is located beside the file name.

You should see these three options – ‘Download’, ‘Open’ and ‘Copy Link’. Choose the ‘Download‘ option in order to download the file to your iPad.

Alternatively, you can just tap on the download icon in the shape of an ‘up-arrow’ at the bottom of the page in iDownloader. The downloaded file is stored in the ‘Files‘ segment of iDownloader.

That’s it. You have now successfully downloaded a torrent file to your iDevice without having to jailbreak it.

Update 

It is common practice to use ‘Safari‘ in the process of downloading files from sites like ZbigZ. But, the Safari browser sometimes downloads the files and other times streams them directly, which can be a problem. So, sticking to the likes of UC browser and iDownloader can be the better option.

Got a question? Please feel free to voice out in the comments below.

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  1. I have a problem with this, maybe you can help me. When zbigz.com finishes with the load, it appears a little play button and a download arrow. When I press it, it opens the video Im trying to download on the browser, like Im watching it online. So it allows me to watch it online, but I cant seem to be able to download it to my Ipad.
    Any advice?

    • Hi Sofita, I guess you’re using apple default browser Safari? If this is true, then you won’t be able to download video or music file, safari browser only streams those files online.

      So to download them you need to use any browser which support video downloading, I myself using MediaTap and it works pretty good. (You can get it from AppStore for free)

      Try it and let us know..

  2. Hey guys, thanks for the help! Unfortunately I still cant download the torrent I want..dont know whats the problem, there seems to be some kind of step in the middle that Im missing. I tried with this Mediatap browser, but no luck 🙁

    • MediaTap will also stream the video online, but there you’ll get a button to download that video o music file.

    • Use Video player apps like GPlayer Lite etc for iPad for your iOS version. Ultimately, you will be able to play any video, any size

  3. After the last step I get this: and when I click on it nothing happens. I’m using my iPad mini. What am I doing wrong?

      • For those of you who are looking for Open in Safari option. It is not there. Use iDownloader instead and open ZbigZ in its browser. It has a dedicated download button. I’ve have updated the guide since and you can know it easily once you go through it.

    • After you come to this step. Tap on “Open in…”, you get a menu in which you should select open in “Safari Browser” or “Safari”. That should do the trick.

        • Sorry for the delay. I think you have not read the guide properly. You’ll need to install iDownloader from App Store, like i’ve mentioned in the guide. You’ll need to open iDownloader’s browser and carry out the entire process on zbigz.com, then after the files are ready to download, use the download button given in idownloader like the picture below.

          • ahhh…i was using my regular browser for zbigz not the one in idownloader. now i got it. thank you sir!

    • After you come to this step. Tap on “Open in…”, you get a menu in which you should select open in “Safari Browser” or “Safari”

  4. When i open piratebay.se , they say website not accessable. So without that , is there any other way to download torrent?

    • Are you using iDownloader app? Bcoz you need to use it. It’s a lot easier with iDownloader. Use iDownloader’s browser instead of Safari. Do not use Safari.

  5. After i get the link, it doesn’t ask for downloading it , it simply plays the video online and that sucks coz buffering is too slow.. What to do? I have an ipad mini

  6. Once the download link appears and when i click on it, the vid gets played in the browser it doesn’t download on the ipad.. What to do?
    See the screenshot, is that the download link?

    • Open ZbigZ on iDownloader app… It has a dedicated download button in the app. Try it. It’s pretty simple.

  7. I downloaded the torrent but it won’t let me download it to my iPad, it just plays in the browser…. Help anyone?

  8. A way you can download the files to your device is to download a download manager from the App Store, that allows you to play videos and download, and also has a browser.

    Open zbigz in the download manager app, and then click on download. It will download directly to the app. And once it’s downloaded, you can watch the video and you won’t need to wait for it to buffer.

  9. Whenever I try to play the downloaded file, it tells me that it’s only for premium users, so is there any other way to play the Video? Screenshot is available for guide.

    • yes you can. Just the normal way. If you are using a download manager like iDownloader then you can import them to your CameraRoll and browse them on your PC later.

    • In iDownloader app, the download speed is quite good. Make sure you are using that app. You can download it from Download speed can vary depending on the exact torrent & file you are using.

  10. Everything seem to work fine but why is the download speed sooooo slow? Same file that take about 5 min to complete using my pc take almost 30min using this method on my iPad. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • i hate it… it is really slow.. i dont understand why… i have 50mb/s internet connection… and you see the file downloading at up to 53kb/s…. it kills me!

  11. After the download i opened files on idownloader then a zip file was downloaded and I cant open it. Why?

    • That depends on the type of content you downloaded. It may also be a fake torrent. Try using a zip drive app from app store.

    • That depends on the file type you downloaded. It may as well be a fake torrent. Anyway, try to unzip it.

  12. After doing all this , it is completely working. But the download speed is limited to 50kbps by Zbigz even though I have 50mbps connection

  13. I have only had luck with this method using Bitsnoop. Everythime I try to paste a link to zbigz from kickass torrents, zbigs does nothing with it, it just goes blank. I have tried to hold down the magnet link for Piratebay, but with no luck. It goes straight to Google and I can’t copy anything. Other than limited use on Bitsnoop, these methods seem hopeless.

  14. hello
    i came the step
    i copied the link in zbigz

    link showa the 100%

    after that its show only 2 option copy and open

    after that this information

    which i given below

    due to apple policy audio and vedio downloding had been disabled

  15. Is it working for iOS 9?
    After the torrent link is available, download option is not shown for me.
    Can somebody look at screenshot and help?

  16. Currently idownloader won’t allow the download of “media” files “due to apple policy” error …. Fail… Steaming works tho

  17. there are different “idownloader” apps at the app store… do i have to get a specific one or this doesnt matter which one i get?

  18. Perfect! It worked just fine!
    I still have my iPhone warranty so I don’t wanna jail break it now…
    Thank you very much

    • how is your download speed?… i got mine to work, i have the ipad pro.. but the download speed is up to 53kb/s….. and i have a 50mb/s connection at home… this is driving me insane!… i have used it with vpn and without it.

  19. I know this may sound like a silly question but Is there a possibility of this putting a virus on my iPad

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  23. But what if you are using uc browser, how can you then get the downloadable file in to your files on uc browser? I have pressed a green button that has a box in it so it feels like the right one but then only follows a page that says “page not found”… what to do?

  24. Hi thanks for sharing this. It works amazingly. However i’m running into an issue where my seeding ratio is messed up since i think with this method i’m only downloading but not uploading, so now I cant download anything more from my fav torrent site. Anyway i can seed/share files to fix my ratio on ipad?

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